News & Discoveries

March 26, 2019

Ten finalists competed in the fifth annual Grad Slam to inform and entertain with three-minute talks based on their own research.

March 20, 2019

Early Stage UCSF Study Demonstrates Treatment Boosted Mobility, Reduced Involuntary Muscle Movements A delicate operation that involved placing a gene into the brain was found to reduce the severity of motor symptoms in patients with moderately advanced Parkinson’s disease.

March 06, 2019

Successful Pharmacological Activation of Nurr1 Opens Doors to Novel Therapies for Incurable Movement DisorderUCSF researchers developed a strategy for targeting a key molecule implicated in Parkinson’s disease, opening up a potential new treatment strategy for the currently incurable movement disorder.

March 01, 2019

Fruit Fly Tissues Communicate in Ways Once Thought to Be Unique to Nervous SystemUCSF lab found that a chemical that acts as a neurotransmitter in the nervous system is essential for cytonemes to mediate cell-to-cell communication between non-neural cells.

February 27, 2019

More than a thousand projects across the University received federal funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2018, totaling more than $647.8 million.

January 25, 2019

UCSF Neurologists Urge Doctors to Provide Patients ‘Honest Scientific Interpretation’ of Bogus Dementia Treatments "Brain health” dietary supplements are “pseudomedicine” and health care providers should discourage patients from pursuing them, say neurologists at UCSF, in a JAMA opinion piece.

January 03, 2019

Research Challenges 75-Year-Old Dogma of Mammalian VisionNew study shows the post-rhinal cortex, appears to obtain visual data directly from an evolutionarily ancient sensory processing center at the base of the brain called the superior colliculus.

January 03, 2019

Researchers have discovered that the intestine is the source of immune cells that reduce brain inflammation in people with MS, and that increasing the number of these cells blocks inflammation entirely.

December 21, 2018

A growing number of researchers at UCSF and elsewhere have turned their attention to questions around why and how some people who age thrive and are more resilient than others.

December 18, 2018

From sensory processing disorder to how CRISPR is being explored to bring new treatments to patients, these are the stories that most engaged our readers in 2018.